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Critical juncture in Colombia

It is clearly now or never for peace in Colombia – and perhaps for the Andean region. A task force report of the Council on Foreign Relations released earlier this year on the problems of the five democracies of the Andes – Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia – stresses that the region, where per capita growth has been zero for two decades, “is in peril.” The report says Colombia, essentially an armed camp, is the “linchpin” in achieving U.S. goals of stamping out narcoterrorism, shoring up democracy and achieving peace. Last month, the Colombian government of President Alvaro Uribe, whose term expires in two years, opened negotiations with the terrorist AUC paramilitaries aimed at disarmament and ending conflict. Full Story

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